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Change to Nomex® helmet neck protectors

Technical Bulletin - Change to Nomex® Helmet neck Protectors

Due to ongoing availability issues from the supplier, Pacific Helmets is changing the type of Nomex® used to make the neck protectors in select builds of structural firefighting helmet.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
Previously Nomex® Neck Protectors were made from 260gsm plain weave fabric, effective immediately they will now be manufactured from a 200gsm Ripstop weave fabric.

The new 200gsm 100% Nomex® fabric has been tested by a third-party independent laboratory and has been found to have the excellent flame retardancy properties expected from Nomex® fabric. The Ripstop weave gives a grid pattern and enhanced tensile strength performance to the material not seen in the previous fabric.

Changes to Nomex® in selected structural firefighting helmets

What products are affected?
Select models of Pacific Helmets F10 MkV, F11 & F15 structural firefighting helmets.

>>Technical Bulletin – Change to Nomex® Helmet neck Protectors

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Changes to the Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

Changes to the Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

In November 2019 the 3AA CPO Underwater Kinetics eLED Torch (UKT10034+) underwent design changes required to gain certification under the revised standard UL913 Edition 8.

These changes resulted in an increase in torch body width of approximately 1mm. This change in size has resulted in the B2066114 Underwater Kinetics torch clip having a firmer fit.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
The current clip, B2066114, requires more force to fit to 3AA CPO Underwater Kinetics eLED Torches (UKT10034+) with a manufacturing date after November 2019.

To overcome this issue the torch holder has been adjusted to suit. The updated design, B2066146, will have a slightly larger cavity to accommodate the change in body size of the 3AA CPO Underwater Kinetics eLED Torch. B2066146 will be available in the coming weeks and eventually replace the current model.

The updated B2066146 will continue to fit the other torches in the Underwater Kinetics range (Red Herculite eLED Torch UKT514609-7A+ & 4AA eLED Torch UKT14506).

What products are affected?
B2066114 Underwater Kinetics Torch Holder Clip

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Changes to the Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch

Changes to the Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch

In keeping with the updates to the standard for intrinsic safety and advancements in LED technology the Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO torches have undergone an update.

The update includes:
1. A switch of test laboratories from Intertek (ETL) to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for testing and issuance of the test certificate. Both ETL and UL are international notified bodies and are highly regarded for their ability to test to the UL913 standard for intrinsic safety.

2. A change in standards occurred which required an update in the certification of the 3AA CPO light. The original certificate was issued under UL913 edition 5. This had to be updated to UL913 edition 8, as the edition 5 certificate was being phased out.

3. Several design changes were required to comply with UL913 edition 8, as well as the new release of the ATEX standards in Europe.
i. The plastic enclosure was required to be “static dissipative” so that the light could not accumulate a static charge and cause a spark in a hazardous location.
ii. The LED was updated to latest level of efficiency so that a brightness increase could be achieved without a noticeable increase in power consumption.
iii. The standard required that all electrically conductive elements be separated by 0.5 mm of insulation. The battery cans are made of electrically conductive steel and covered with a layer of plastic for insulation. As the thickness of the plastic insulation did not add up to 0.5 mm, the two battery cells are now encased in a plastic insulative tube.
iv. In order to maintain the outer dimensions of the body of the flashlight the metal liner of the case has been removed in order to make room for the plastic tube.

4. The text of the certification on the torch body is slightly revised:
The original ETL text read:
UK 3AA ELED CPO-AT UNDERWATER KINETICS, POWAY, CA USA
CL I,II, III DIV 1 GROUP A-G, T4 Exia CONFORMS TO UL STD 783, UL STD 913, & CERTIFIED TO CSA STD C22.2 No. 157.
WARNING: RISK OF IGNITION –DO NOT OPEN IN HAZARDOUS LOCATIONS. CHECK INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE. DO NOT MIX BATTERIES OF DIFFERENT MAKE OR OLD AND NEW. USE ONLY 3 AA 1.5V ENERGIZER E91, DURACELL MN1500, OR RAYOVAC 815 BATTERIES

The new UL text reads:
UNDERWATER KINETICS, POWAY, CA USA
INTRINSICALLY SAFE (SECURITE INTRINSEQUE)
Ex ia CL I, DIV 1 GP A-D T4, CL II, DIV 1 GP E- G CL III, DIV 1, -20 < Ta < +40°C
WARNING: RISK OF IGNITION – DO NOT OPEN IN HAZARDOUS LOCATIONS. CHECK INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE. DO NOT MIX BATTERIES OF DIFFERENT MAKE OR OLD AND NEW. USE ONLY (UTILISER SEULEMENT) 3 AA 1.5V ENERGIZER E91, DURACELL MN1500, RAYOVAC HIGH ENERGY

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
Both are both Class I, II, III Division 1 groups A-G, meaning that there is no change to the environments that the torches are certified to operate safely in and the UL torch is marginally lighter than the ETL torch.

3AA Torches manufactured after NOVEMBER 2019 have had a few notable design changes. A plastic enclosure for two of the batteries has been added and the metal liner of the torch body has been removed. Please refer to Figure 1 (Original Design) and Figure 2 (Updated Design) below.

Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch - OLD DESIGN

What products are affected?
Underwater Kinetics 3AA CPO Torch – UKT10034+

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Reflective trim on Hades & Poseidon firefighting footwear

Changes to the trim on YDS footwear

YDS, the manufacturer of our range of firefighting footwear has made a change to the colour of the reflective material used on their structural firefighting boots.

The yellow reflective material in the Hades and Poseidon footwear will be replaced by silver reflective material.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
New stocks of Hades and Poseidon footwear will be supplied with silver reflective trim. Sizes will rollover to the new trim at a different rate – during the rollover period you may find Hades and Poseidon footwear supplied with a combination of different trim colours.

YDS have advised that this modification effects the colour only and there is no material or specification change creating any impact on compliance to the standard AS/NZS4821: 2014.

Changes to YDS footwear reflective trim

What products are affected?
Hades Firefighting Boots
Poseidon Firefighting Boots

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Dyed-in Helmet Shells & Pacific F3D MkII

Technical Bulletin - Dyed-In Helmet Colour & the F3D MkII

As part of on-going work to improve manufacturing processes, delivery lead times and reduce waste, Pacific Helmets occasionally makes modifications to products.

Certain models of helmets have in the past, been available with dyed-in shell colours. This process means that not only is the helmet painted in the desired colour, but that the colour is impregnated all the way through the composite patrix of the helmet and is visible on the inside as well.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
All helmet models will only be available with the standard neutral coloured resin.

The neutral shell will only be visible on the inside / underside of the helmet. The outside remains unchanged with Pacific Helmets high quality, UV stabilised paint to ensure a durable and UV resistant helmet.

Technical Bulletin - Dyed-in Helmet Shells & the F3d MkII

What products are affected?
Pacific Structural Firefighting Helmet – F3D MkII

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Kappler Chemical Suits – CE Marked Styles

Kappler CE Marked Suits - Technical Bulletin

Kappler has made some changes to their range of chemical suits based on a new European regulation relating to personal protective equipment (PPE).

The European Commission approved and published Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on PPE which became effective on April 21, 2019. Following the introduction of this regulation, Kappler performed an operational review of existing CE marked suits that were sold in Europe and internationally. The review determined that demand did not support the costs which would be incurred to update test data and certify garments to the new regulation.

As a result, Kappler has made the decision to no longer offer any garments marked to the requirements of the new Regulation.

What does this mean for Pac Fire & our customers?
Kappler does not make or offer a CE certified Level A Vapor suit. It’s important to keep in mind CE certification is a European standard – and does not necessarily translate to Australian Standards.

What products are affected?
Styles CZ5H580 OR and CZ5H581 OR (totally encapsulating Level A suit) has been discontinued by the supplier, Kappler. Once existing stocks have been cleared, Kappler have introduced a new styles, with new features that do not carry the CE mark.

CZ5H582 OR (front entry) and CZ5H583 OR (rear entry) vapour total encapsulating suit will replace the old style. These new styles will be available with some new features which include an expanded visor and knee reinforcements.

>>Technical Bulletin: Product Specifications Z5H582